Members of Synergy Fitness Clubs thrive on choice. Choice of location? There are nine. Choice of activity? Instructors lead classes in almost any form of exercise imaginable, such as power sculpt, full-body circuits, and intense cycling. To make sure that members are making the choices that will help reach their fitness goals the fastest, the clubs are staffed with more than 100 lifestyle coaches. These pros are continually educated in their fields of specialty—which might mean nutrition counseling, yoga, or boxing.
A wide slate of equipment and amenities makes it as easy as possible to fit in workouts. Most locations are open 24 hours, and while parents lift free weights or dance a beautiful tango with a Precor elliptical, their kids can hang out in a free childcare room.
The trainers at Monkey Fist MMA have baked the full-body workout benefits of intense martial-arts training into classes accessible to students of virtually all fitness levels. Leading groups through the fundamentals of boxing and muay thai kickboxing, skilled and upbeat instructors bestow students with the practical skill set of self-defense while ramping up their metabolism as they throw a steady barrage of punches, kicks, and evasive maneuvers.
Long Beach’s first indoor cycling studio, the newly opened Ocean Ride Cycling Studio, is a spinning-dedicated workout facility. Clients come here to burn calories and get fit while riding state-of-the-art stationary bicycles during spin classes taught by encouraging, experienced instructors. Each energetic class is customizable to all fitness levels, whether cyclists are beginners or spinning aficionados.
Since its inception in 2000, TKO Kickboxers has helped its clients break past personal fitness goals with a blend of high-energy exercises and martial-arts techniques designed to burn fat and tone muscle. Students skip rope, sprint, tackle pushups, and punch and kick their way to the peak of physical fitness, cheered on by experienced, knowledgeable coaches.
Founded in 1970, Stanford Dance Studio practices an all-encompassing approach to dance instruction, providing classes for toddlers, kids, teens, and adults. The studio's twin dance rooms facilitate lessons in styles as diverse as tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and Zumba dance fitness.
Dana Healy left her career in the fashion industry because she was "tired of selling a product" and simply wanted to help others. She chose yoga because she had experienced its restorative powers firsthand. Diagnosed with scoliosis, Healy suffered from back pain and used yoga's gentle stretching and muscle-building techniques to fight the chronic soreness. At Yoga Palms, Healy offers classes for students of all skill levels, with a special soft spot for beginners and those with pain and soreness—she remembers being a beginner herself. Her skilled staff of instructors teaches a variety of classes including paddleboard yoga at the beach just two blocks from the studio. During these sessions, students row out onto the water atop paddleboards to hone balance, develop muscle control, and improve their cannonball splashes. Healy keeps her yoga schedule open, rotating classes to fit the needs of her students and will always take suggestions for a new class. Inside the studio, soothing tan and blue walls tinted with environmentally friendly paint encompass all-natural decorations. This decor includes bamboo screens, lanterns, and palm plants, which are plants with dozens of mannequin hands requesting high-fives. The reception area also features an array of eco-friendly products for sale, including 100% natural soy candles.